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Design & Manufacturing of Custom Servo Control System for a Vertical Face Wood Veneer Slicer

Industrial Indexing Systems was approached by a client to design and create a custom servo control system for a slicer machine. The client required that the machine slice logs weighing nearly four tons with a precision tolerance. To achieve this demand, we designed a 5-Axis automation control system that incorporated 3 servo motors, servo drives and 2 hydraulic servo valves all linked via a SERCOS fiber optic network. We were able to not only design, but also fabricate a 36" x 16" x 60" NEMA type 12 machine enclosure to house all of the control components.

The custom slicer machine is capable of controlling slicing thicknesses from .005" to .250" while maintaining a tolerance within .001", all with the push of a button controlling the servo valves. Compared to the usual manual adjustments, this innovation saves customers an immense amount of time in blade angle, and sheet thickness adjustments. We also offered on-site machine commission, including a thorough code debugging and a check of all the installation wiring.

If you are interested in learning more about this project or just want to discuss your design and manufacturing needs please contact Industrial Indexing Systems.

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Custom Servo Control System for a Vertical Face Wood Veneer Slicer Project Highlights

Product Description This servo control system is fitted to a vertical face veneer slicer machine that can slice logs weighing nearly four tons with a precision tolerance.
Capabilities Applied/Processes Design of Automation Control System:
  • 5-Axis Automation System Design Incorporated 3 Servo Motors, Servo Drives, and 2 Hydraulic Servo Valves Located on Each End of the Slicing Blade
  • Each Servo Axis Linked Via a SERCOS Network
  • Design Included Emerald Automation Controller, One 10.3kW Servo Motor, and Two 1kW Servo Motors

Sized all Servo Motion Control Equipment Based on Customer Specifications

Design and Build 2-Axis Slave (SERCOS) Linear Servo Drive Controller

  • Controls Angle of Cutting Blade

Design and Fabrication of Machine Enclosure

Software Design and Documentation

  • Coded, Documented and Archived the Software Based on Customer Specification
  • Documented Entire Project in a Technical Manual

On-Site Machine Commissioning/Start-Up

  • Check Installation Wiring
  • Debug Code
Enclosure Specifications
IS1-Industry Specs
NEMA Type 12
UL Lister Type 12
CSA Type 12
IEC 60529 IP 55
Length: 36.00"
Width: 16.00"
Height: 60.00"
System Features Controls Slicing Thickness from .005" to .250"
Sheet Thickness Adjusted by the Push of a Button
  • Saves 20 Minutes When Compared to Manual Adjustments
Maintains Precision ±.001" Tolerance
Adjusts the Gap Between Blade and Pressure Bar
Control of Lead Angle of the Blade Attack on the Flitch
  • Can Change Blade Angle to Compensate for Blade Wear
Operating Features  
Industry for Use Wood Processing / Veneer Industry
Delivery Location Canada
USA (Multiple Locations)
Standards Met
UL508A Listing Number-Enclosure
UL508C-Servo Amplifiers
CSA22.2-Motors & Generators
Product Name Custom Control System for a Vertical Face Veneer Slicer

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